Sustainable timber sourcing

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There are two key elements in ensuring that a timber product derives from well-managed sources. Firstly, forest management and then a chain of custody system to provide independent certification covering all stages of manufacturing, transportation and distribution.


This Wood Information Sheet sets out to explain the certification process to improve specification and increase clarity and efficiency throughout the timber supply chain.



  • Certified timber products
  • Benefits
  • Certification process
  • Legislation
  • UK Government timber procurement policy 
  • Specification
  • Chain of custody systems
  • Procurement tips


For queries about this technical document, please get in touch with its authors via BM TRADA’s Technical Helpline on +44 (0)1494 569601 or email


A paper/digital copy of this Wood Information Sheet is available in the BM TRADA Bookshop, which also hosts additional specialist timber publications.

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